Bangtail Divide Trail Out and Back

HARD 18 reviews
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Bangtail Divide Trail Out and Back is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bozeman, Montana that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2250 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

A relatively new trail to the area, the Baingtail Divide trail was completed in 2003. The trail spans from the Brackett Creek Trailhead to Stone Creek for a total of approximately 23.8 miles. The trail is well built and hardly technical, but due to the length, is considered an intermediate trail. Trailhead is easy to find, the trail is well marked. There is a lot of climbing on this trail, but it is definitely doable. The trail is well maintained and well marked. The scenery is fantastic, and it comes with the smell of fresh pine and wild flowers. The 2-3 hour total climb is rewarded with a fantastic smooth downhill with in most places more than enough visibility to open up to a fair speed. Don't open up too much as there are a few very tight switchbacks that appear out of nowhere, and some have some pretty brutal drops.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This is a mountain biking trail that works great for hiking and trail running too. The listed distance of 4.5 miles roundtrip will only get you up to the ridge. I had a plane to catch so I had to set a hard turn around time. My route is 1-1/2 hours in and out. I made it about 3-3/4 miles in to a saddle. Looks like there was one more set of switchbacks before the local local peak - I saw another route here that was about 4.5 miles. The bike route continues 25 miles back down to Hwy 86 and then, I was told (by bicyclists I met on the trail) about 30 or 32 total back to the trailhead.
Very good trail that was deserted on a Wednesday afternoon. Amazing views and wildflowers. It reaches the ridge at about 1.75 miles and then follows that up and up and up. The top would be about 2200 feet elevation gain up to 7,800 ft. The grading is so good that you can indeed run back with very very little effort. The trail only loses 1 star 'cause you gotta share it with bikes, not to knock our pedaling brethen.

3 months ago

A good workout. Didn't see anyone on the trail. Also hard to tell where the trail ends. I went a half mile past the attached map for AllTrails.

mountain biking
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Monday, September 19, 2016

awesome!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

mountain biking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Thrilling! Started at Stone Creek ended at Brackett creek. Very challenging, very scenic.

trail running
Friday, July 01, 2016

Awesome trail run. Very runnable, not too technical. Scenery all along the trail.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Super fun ride, especially going end to end. if you're planning on riding end to end, setup a shuttle or some sort of ride back to the other end of the trail, bridger canyon rd is a lot longer than most would expect.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

hiking
Friday, August 09, 2013

hiking
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Great evening ride on dirt bike not super technical but a great ride after work

hiking
Saturday, May 18, 2013

mountain biking
Sunday, August 08, 2010

My Experience
Trailhead is easy to find, the trail is well marked. There is a lot of climbing on this trail, but it is definitely doable, just put your steed into low gear, switch off , and enjoy the climb. This trail is in my books technically easy, but it is a long ride and a long walk out if anything goes wrong, so go well prepared. I did this trail as a P2P (point 2 point) starting at Stone Creek and finishing at Bracket Creek, however this trail can be done from both directions.



Conclusion
Oooohhh yes!! this trail is what mountain biking is about, not too strenuous, 23 miles of sweet singletrack through stunning scenery. The trail is well maintained and well marked. The scenery is fantastic, and it came with the smell of fresh pine and 1000′s of wild flowers. The 2-3 hour total climb is rewarded with a fantastic smooth downhill with in most places more than enough visibility to open up to a fair speed.. Dont open up too much, cos there are a few very tight switchbacks that appear out of nowhere, and some have some pretty brutal drops that you definitely dont want to hit going too fast.. If this trail doesnt put a smile on your chops, then nothing will!

All in all, the Bangtail Divide Trail is a definite Must Ride Trail.. I did this one in 4 hours 29 min. and I enjoyed every second of both the riding and the scenery.

Other Info:
Traffic on Trail : 5 mountain bikers, one jogger, one hiker

Wild Life : I did not see anything

Scenery : 23 miles of scenery

Other : Take extra fluids, dont forget the bug repellent there are ( were) lots of pesky horseflies.

My Trail Rating : 9.5 / 10